Public Comments

Public comments are an extension of Private Comments / Public Ratings plugin.  This documentation is separated for clarity.  Public comments are displayed on the website, unlike Private comments.  Public comments are also nestable for a reply hierarchy.

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Four e-mails used in conjunction with Public comments are in the above image:

  • Email Approved: E-mail sent to the user when a comment is approved
  • Email Notify: E-mail sent to notify an administrator that a comment has been submitted; only used when there is no approval process
  • Email Rejected: E-mail sent to user when a comment is rejected
  • Email Pending Approval: E-mail sent to administrator when a comment is submitted and pending approval


When comments are submitted, they can be found in the CMS under the Content > Comments tab.  Here a comment can be approved, rejected, or deleted.  Note: typically an administrator will not need to visit this area, as pending approval e-mails have a one-click ability to approve or reject a comment.


Public commment properties can be found in the CMS under Home > Panels > Comments / Ratings > Properties.

  • Require Login: force user to login in order to comment or rate
  • Show Ratings: show ratings controls on an article with Ratings enabled
  • Show Comment Box: show comment box on an article with Ratings enabled
  • Login Message: the message displayed to a user when being forced to login
  • Comment Type: the mode in which comments will function on the website
    • Public: comments will be displayed on the website
    • Private: comments will never be displayed on the website
  • Approval Type: approval process behavior
    • Administrator: administrators will approve comments
    • None: comments will be displayed instantly on the website without approval
  • Notification E-mail: e-mail in which administrative notifications will be sent; also the from e-mail address for notifications to the user
  • Notify Type: Notification behavior for e-mails
    • Admin: Administrators will receive e-mails; but, users will not
    • User: User will receive e-mails; but, administrators will not
    • Admin & User: Administrators and Users will receive e-mails based upon actions

User Experience

When users reply or add a comment to an article, they must enter a Captcha code.  If login is not required, a name field is also presented.

Once a comment is approved or displayed on the website, it appears in a hierarchical structure like so:


Combinations of properties will cause different behaviors.  Styling and initial setup should be configured by support - create a ticket requesting Public comments to be installed if you would like this functionality.


Contact this Author: < Nicholas Bott >